Harden's survey result
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For a “special occasion”, there’s no beating this stately country house hotel – nowadays a five star, plus spa and golf course – in a lush parkland setting. “The food usually (but not always) matches the setting”, and “the wine list is comprehensive” (“though not exactly bargain basement”). Top Tip – the “classy afternoon tea, matched by the classy surroundings” is one of the most popular in the survey.
A “lovely” country house hotel whose “beautiful dining room” features airy garden views, plenty of marble and “faultless” staff. Even if the menu doesn’t always hit the mark, fans say it’s “(usually) excellent”.
There’s not much doubt that sheer grandeur makes this country house hotel dining room “a stunning place to dine”, and the “very jolly” staff are impressive too; the food has traditionally been a weakness, but reports overall suggest it has “stepped up a notch” in recent times.
The Mansion House, Luton Hoo Estate, LU1 3TQ
Last orders: 10 pm, Sat 10.30 pm